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Interior Design by Haeccity Studio Architecture seen at Paragon Tea Room, Vancouver - Paragon Tea Room

Paragon Tea Room

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Paragon Tea Room was completed, as a complementary addition to an existing café along Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor. The tearoom is the first of its kind, introducing the newest technology in tea brewing to the city.

Teaspresso mimics the same methodology of espresso making by extracting the essence of tea and delivering a delicately finessed cup with efficiency. Exploring this new product was imperative to the architectural design process, entailing a long first phase of research with many design rounds to understand exactly what the team was designing for. They worked in proximity with the graphic designer to achieve a space that would be coherent with the branding as well as the product.

The visual concept for Paragon Tea Room is inspired by the Zen qualities of tea culture - warm, natural earth tones are conveyed with the use of bamboo plywood, juxtaposed with dark green tile against a black backdrop. These notes are balanced with contemporary cues such as white quartz and copper.

This design context was particular in that we were working to build a space existing within another. It was important to allude to the neighbouring café by applying the same dimensional rules to keep the same datum lines along the interior space. For contrast, we used different materials and shapes.

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Haeccity Studio Architecture is a full-service design studio operating at the intersection of art, architecture and planning.

Founded in 2011, Haeccity Studio is committed to practicing responsible design and realizing lasting structures for the healthy integration of human and natural systems. Our team members bring to the table a wealth of experience on large and small projects around the world.

It's pronounced "hek-si-tee"

Our name is borrowed from philosophy where haecceity denotes the discrete and defining characteristics of a thing. Founded on the conviction that architects can enact meaningful change, Haeccity Studio is dedicated to exploring the defining qualities of each design challenge, making each endeavor unique in its engagement with its environment, community, and culture.

Haeccity Studio is the recipient of the 2019 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit and the 2018 Urbanarium’s First and Planner’s Prizes for the Missing Middle Competition.